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Date: April 17, 2012
Highlanders 3 – Rebels 1

The Highlanders claimed victory last Tuesday playing their first game of a two game series against the University of Las Vegas Rebels using runs in the seventh and eighth innings to secure the game.

Trevor Frank started the mound for Riverside but Mark Garcia (1-0) was issued the win.
Frank went three innings while allowing five hits and one walk. Garcia went three innings,
only allowing one hit and a walk, and striking three batters out.

Riverside scored first in the fifth inning when Alex Rubanowitz reached first base off an error by the Rebel’s first baseman allowing Kevin Davidson to score from third. In seventh inning UCR used three singles by Cody Hough, Nick Vilter and Eddie Young for their second run of the game. Young’s single, a hit down the right side, allowed Hough to take off from third and score a second run.

In the eighth inning, the Highlanders had another three hit inning where they manage to score the insurance marker, a third run. A single by Bart Steponovich scored David Andriese who previously hit a singled down the left side of the field. Steponovich went 2-2 with one RBI.

Riverside only struck out three times  in this game which will please Head coach Doug Smith.
The team broke their two game losing streak and face UNLV a final time on Wednesday.

Date: April 18, 2012
Highlanders 13 – Rebels – 5

The Highlanders (12-18) got four runs in the first inning to set the tone early and a
homer to get the 13-5 victory over the University of Las Vegas Rebels. UNLV was unable to keep up with the hot hitting of the Riverside players, as they were held scoreless until the fourth inning.

Mitch Patito (2-3) started the mound for Riverside as he went three innings. Patito only allowed one hit and got five strikeouts.

In the first inning UCR mustered two hits for four runs. Both Eddie Young and Phil Holinsworth walked which gave Riverside two men on with no outs. Vince Gonzalez singled to shortstop and then David Andriese drove in three RBI’s with a triple to right center. The final
run came by a sacrifice fly from Clayton Prestridge.

The Highlanders in the second inning put the game out of reach with a three hit inning and the help of Andriese’s bat. Holinsworth singled up the middle and Gonzalez singled through the left side. Andriese came up to bat and homered to right field for another three RBI
appearance Andriese went 2-4 with three runs and six RBIs. Gonzalez and Alex Rubanowitz was
the only other Highlander to get two hits.

Date: April 20, 2012
Aggies 7 – Highlanders 2

The UC Riverside baseball team played their first of a two game series against the UC Davis Aggies. Riverside would give up three runs in the first and third innings to fall 0-6 and go on to lose 2-7.

Dylan Stuart started the mound for the Highlanders and struggled to find his groove. He went 2.2 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and five walks but struck out two batters.

Riverside finally made their mark in the sixth inning with three singles, an error and a walk. Eddie Young mustered a floater to left over the Rebel’s shortstop’s head and Holinsworth stepped up and singled to center field. Clayton Prestridge walked which brought Kevin Davidson up to bat and got a RBI single toward third base. Davidson advanced to second on the Rebel’s third baseman’s error which also scored Holinsworth.

The Highlanders only RBI came from Davidson who went 1-4. The only UCR player to record two hits was Young and he went 2-4 with one run. Within the past five games, the Highlanders have been struck out 37 times; this has been a lingering problem all season long. However, in the past five games they have also gotten 42 hits as well. They will look to keep the strikeouts low and the hits high to make a push for the playoffs.

Date: April 21, 2012
Highlanders 7  – Aggies 6

The Highlanders played their second game of the three game series against the Aggies in Riverside. Riverside used a five run inning to secure their win, just barely edging out the win, 7-6.

Eddie Orozco started the mound for the Highlanders. Orozco went seven innings and allowed five runs on nine hits and had seven strikeouts.

In the third inning UCR used four singles, a double and an error to get an early 5-2 lead. Eddie Young singled through the right side and Jake Gallaway reached on an error by the pitcher. Phil Holinsworth singled to center for an RBI and Clayton Prestridge stepped up and jacked a double down the left field line for two RBIs. Cody Hough at bat singled to right center for an RBI and was later scored on a single by Nick Vilter.

UCR would lose the lead in the eighth inning with walks to two Aggie players but the Highlanders in the eighth used a walk which was the game winning run. Kyle Boudreau walked and Joe Chavez came in to pinch run for Boudreau. He then stole second base on a wild pitch. David Andriese drove in the run with a single down the left field line and the Highlanders finished the ninth with their great defense and pitching.

Date: April 22, 2012
Highlanders 8 – Aggies 0

UC Riverside baseball (14-19, 4-5) finished their long home stand against the UC Davis Aggies Sunday afternoon. Riverside scored in five consecutive innings to put the game out of reach for the Aggies by using their superb defense allowing only three hits in their 8-0 shutout win.

Trevor Frank (1-5) started the mound for the Highlanders and went all nine innings. He only allowed three hits and got four strikeouts to pitch a complete game.

Riverside scored a run in the third, fourth and fifth but really put it away when they scored two runs in the third and sixth in the seventh. In the sixth inning Drake Zarate walked and was advanced to second when Kyle Boudreau singled to the shortstop. Alex Rubanowitz came up to bat and doubled toward right field for two RBIs.

In the seventh inning Phil Holinsworth was hit by the pitch, later stole second and was advanced to third when Vince Gonzalez grounded out. Prestridge was hit by a pitch, then Zarate walked. Boudreau singled to first base for two RBIs and Bart Steponovich singled to right center for the final run.

UCR had a tremendous hitting game with 12 hits and seven RBIs. Many Highlander players stood out but Rubanowitz stepped up his game, going 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Riverside is now on a two game winning streak before they head for six consecutive road games. They look to use this as a momentum builder when they face their next opponent, San Diego starting Tuesday, April 24.